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The Long and Shorts Of It

When you need a lot of content in a short amount of time, quantity tends to trump quality most of the time. But what if you didn’t have to compromise one for the other? This was Fred Seibert’s goal when the then-fledgling Cartoon Network (who was owned by the same corporation as Fred’s Hanna-Barbera Studios, […]

Squee! - Captain America: Super Soldier

Captain America: Super Soldier is another upcoming game release that’s shaping up to be pretty cool. It looks gorgeous and if it plays as just as well, I’ll be set! In this third-person action/adventure game you’ll play as Captain America and face down the Red Skull’s army during World War II. The story was written […]

Squee! - Thor: God of Thunder

Thor: God of Thunder, is coming to video game systems three days before the upcoming May 6th movie release. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty psyched!  One of my first introductions to Norse mythology was at the Lehman College library at age, “tiny Eileen”. I actually don’t remember how old I was, but my […]

Reading Room: Superman

While American newspaper comic strips were published in collected form since the middle of the 19th century, the true launch of the American comic book industry is generally accepted to begin with the launch of its first and arguably most famous original character: Superman. Introduced in Action Comics #1 in 1938, Superman was a smash […]

Reading Room: Grant Morrison

Sentient universes. Cybernetic war machine rabbits. Fiction suits. Singing evil to death. A guy who hunts other men for their beards. In an industry where “guy in tights punches other guy in tights” seems to qualify as enough to build at least a miniseries on, you might occasionally be surprised to stumble across an issue […]

Tex Avery, The Wacky World Of

It was a sad day in Mudville — or at least Portland, Oregon — when I turned on the TV in the fall of 1997 to find The Disney Afternoon no longer existed. In its place were several slabs of cheaper-looking material, including a UPN-mandated teen drama about a high school on a cruise ship […]

Future Spotlight II: The Amazing World Of Gumball

I first blogged about The Amazing World Of Gumball when I learned about its existence back in 2009.  At the time, I deemed it one of the most surreal animated programs ever proposed.  It had a unique visual style, combining 2D and 3D animation with live-action backgrounds, and its cast of characters really stood out.  […]

Science Fiction - Connecting Gritty Live-Action and Animation Through Wall-E and Blade Runner: Part 2

Part 1 | Part 2 The science fiction genre is notorious for giving robots human emotions. The genre runs with the idea that “is the ultimate promise of science for man to play God by creating life; it is the ultimate fear when that life is discovered to have no soul and thus no meaning” […]

Science Fiction - Connecting Gritty Live-Action and Animation Through Wall-E and Blade Runner: Part 1

Part 1 | Part 2 Blade Runner is a dark, gritty science fiction film that “projects the nightmarish vision of the early twenty first century” (Bosnak 74). The city is dirty, overcrowded and chaotic due technology consuming society’s everyday lives. The film follows an ex-police officer Rick Deckard being forced out of retirement to hunt […]

Cool Stuff: Summoner Geeks/Attacking the Darkness

Summoner was one of the launch titles released for the Playstation 2 in 2000. Though the game received favorable reviews, I did not like and never finished playing it. I do, however, have this game firmly embedded in my memory because of a brilliant little easter egg hidden in the credits. The team at Volition, […]

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